Windows 7 forum


Flashing cursor on boot

by brokelaptop / November 9, 2012 6:42 AM PST


Wonder if anyone could help or provide some ideas.

I'm trying to get my spare laptop to work.

Every time I turn it on it just boots to a flashing cursor on a black screen.

The hard drive in it is new - without windows 7 installed yet.

I've tried booting from my windows 7 disk. Set optical drive to first in boot order. Just goes to flashing cursor, does not say "press any key to boot from cd"
Tried booting from usb. Set usb hard drive to first in boot order. same as above.

Mem test says ram is ok, reports cpu and ram amount in bios ok

Laptop is hp compaq nc6320

any ideas at all would be really appreciated

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Flashing cursor on boot
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Flashing cursor on boot
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
The hard drive in it is new - without windows 7 installed
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2012 6:50 AM PST

So that's proper. If the 7 DVD doesn't boot due to old optical drive syndrome then you swap the optical next.

Didn't this model have a CDRW option? If so, you'll never boot a 7 DVD.


Collapse -
usb not working either
by brokelaptop / November 9, 2012 6:54 AM PST

Thanks for your reply.

It is a dvd drive, and the same happens when I try and boot from usb. Just goes to black screen with flashing cursor

Collapse -
Sounds to me like it's not booting the DVD or USB
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 10, 2012 1:19 AM PST
In reply to: usb not working either

You'll have to fix that first. Be sure to test if those DVD and USB things boot on other PCs before you arrange for repair of the laptop.

Collapse -
Sorry, misunderstood
by brokelaptop / November 10, 2012 6:01 AM PST

My usb is connection is not broke. It's just that attempting to boot from the usb device has the same effect - nothing, just goes to a black screen with flashing cursor.

Collapse -
Didn't say it was the USB.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 10, 2012 10:29 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry, misunderstood

I've seen folk battle this a lot. Simple tests such as does the USB stick boot on another PC (or that DVD) are required. Some owners lose this round when they will not replace the DVDRW drive. Wish I could test this for you but you have to do the tests.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


$16,000 used SUVs

Whether you like your SUVs cute or capable, or some blend of the two, we've got a wide variety of choices in Roadshow's first collection of Editors' Used Picks.